Wewak is located on the main northern coast of PNG in Sepik province. An area of high humidity and rainfall, malaria is a common problem. Education, employment and social issues are also significant.
The East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea is comprised of numerous remote villages and thousands of inhabitants without any access to clean water. Villagers use the same water to wash clothes, bathe and drink. They’d previously been told to add bleach to drinking water completely unaware of the associated dangers. In 2016, Mercy Works undertook a 3-yr project to provide clean and safe drinking water for these communities with the installation of 34 water tanks and community education programs.
Dormitory upgrades, Yarapos Secondary School
Founded by Mercy Sisters in 1963, this school provides education up to Year 12. We’ve supported a number of projects here over the years. It has 700 boarders and 100 day students. Students come from all over PNG. Many have to spend the entire year at school because home is just too remote and difficult to get to. Mercy Works also supported the installation of a satellite in 2016 so that Wi-Fi is accessible for the computer technology lab at the school. This has enabled greater access to the world via the internet and will play a big role in helping educate the students for the modern world.
Lasallian Remote Teacher Support
This national program supports teachers who are based in remote villages in the Wewak region. We provide members with educational resources and training via technology including mobile phones and social media. There are over 1000 teachers in this program who previously felt isolated and had minimal access to necessary resources. They now enjoy regular phone contact from their respective coordinators as well as onsite visits in their school.